SA Jazz Veteran Don Laka Reveals A Severe illness He Was Diagnosed. Legendary musician Don Laka has revealed that he was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer five years ago which is why he has been urging men to go test for Prostate Cancer on his social media posts. The Jazz star is currently going through check-ups and a treatment for his condition.
“I go for regular checkups and I post to remind people that they need to also. I will continue to do that as long as there are people there to support me. I have never shared my results before but I have been diagnosed with it. It was five years ago. I am on medication and I am fine.
“It is manageable, but if you do not go for checkups you will not know the signs of cancer. They can isolate it at an early stage and you live a normal life.” said Don Speaking to TshisaLive.
He further added that it was the late Bra Hugh that advised him to go for check-up which madre him realise just how many men are likely to have this disease.
“When Bra Hugh was diagnosed with prostate cancer almost 20 years ago, he called me. He told me that he had prostate cancer. It made me realise that many men, especially in rural areas, are dying because it is not detected and treated. They don’t go for tests.”
Laka announced this week that he will be embarking on a major nationwide tour with Soul Brothers. The tour starts at the Soweto Theatre on April 7, while Soul Brothers will perform at the Voslorus Civic Centre in Ekhurhuleni on March 3 and Rio Casino in Klerksdorp on March 10.
“We hatched this idea long ago, an idea to approach music from both jazz and mbaqanga, but everyone was too busy. I realised last year that we were both going to turn 45 years in the industry so why not bring the two audiences together and see if it works. We love our music and dancing on stage, it is a rejuvenation.”